What age to start solids?

Ok, I'm not a new mom here so this is going to sound odd. I am on my third kiddo so you'd think I'd be a semi-expert by now. NOPE! My 2nd and 3rd are 14 months apart and I still feel like I have no clue what I am doing. Anyway, the baby is almost 4 months and she is hungry ALL-THE-TIME. She takes 5oz and then still wants more. So, she's been having about 8-9 oz at night before bed and she STILL wakes up hungry 3 hours later. I think I need to start solids like ASAP. But, is it too soon? Everything I read says 4 months but by golly I'm about to lose my mind with waking up 2-3 x/night to give her a bottle. What are your thoughts?

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Christi Bhattacharya
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    I am a soon to be Mom.. and everything I read says between 4 months and 6 months.. but I assume there are cues.. perhaps like what you are experiencing with her? Did you call your doctor and inquire about her hunger and see what they say? That's probably what I would initially do!

    Also.. an article I would love to share that I am keen on... is NOT starting with white rice cereal.. I work for a doctor and have head the downfalls in doing so.. and the benefits of starting with solid foods other than the typical white rice! :)

    http://parentingsquad.com/first-foods-why-white-r…
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    10/18/13
    Christi Bhattacharya
    We have a doctors appointment early Nov. I was trying to hold off until then but she's driving me nuts with this constant hunger. I have tried a little baby oatmeal in the bottle--it doesn't even phase her. Tonight I tried a little homemade green peas with a little baby oatmeal. She actually took it by spoon better than either of my previous kids. She didn't even push it out with ther tongue. I think she's ready.
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      Amanda Hurley
      I say follow her cues. Makenzie had to start cereal at 2 months because she had a bad case of GERD. Jasmine didn't start solids until she was 6 months, but she was my first and I could nurse her around the clock and didn't have much of a schedule. Grahm started at around 4 months. Talk to your pediatrician. One thing I do not recommend; putting cereal in her bottle. I have had too many moms have a hard time breaking their children of that habit. My friend's baby is now 14 months old, and it was a struggle when they switched him to cows milk to get him to take a bottle without cereal.
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        10/18/13
        If you breastfeed, the more likely you have a low-fat milk (fat content depends on what mom eats, one should use the walnuts). And if the kid is on the formula, it is likely that he needs another formula, which he would load up. You can try to start feeding the baby cream of wheat, a little bit, and the porridge have to be cook for at least 20 minutes and should be very liquid. But first, consult a pediatrician.
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          10/18/13
          8Theresa Gould
          Growth spurts can cause more waking up and more feedings too. Try increasing the amount you are feeding her first.

          Every child is different. Is she showing interest in food when you all are eating? My oldest son at 6 months was reaching for my fork and plate and he didn't push out the food when I fed it to him either.
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            10/22/13
            Christi Bhattacharya
            I would believe she were going through a growth spurt if this was something new but it seems like her appetite continues to get stronger and stronger. I don't mind feeding her on demand (she is formula fed) but I don't want the pediatrician to get on to us for feeding her too much. She is a healthy girl now.
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